I signed up for the army in June , when I was They were offering to pay for some of my college education. I wasn't concerned about the possibility of going to war; I just kept thinking, This is going to be cool. Two years later, I was a sophomore at the University of Illinois in Urbana, and I got a phone call from my platoon sergeant, who said, "Your unit has been put on alert. I didn't say anything about the phone call. I quit my part-time job at David's Bridal shop and boxed up the clothes in my dorm.
"I was hot, dirty and dressed like a man..."
The ground shook and the window rattled. I lay there and sweated and swore. The voice from the loudspeaker urged me to get away from the windows. I was inside a tin can. I crawled to the door. My hand was on the knob when I realized I was naked. The next impact knocked the air conditioner to the floor.
How the army separates its men and women.
Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war. An all-American heroine, the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict. It couldn't have happened at a more crucial moment, when the talk was of coalition forces bogged down, of a victory too slow in coming. Her rescue will go down as one of the most stunning pieces of news management yet conceived. It provides a remarkable insight into the real influence of Hollywood producers on the Pentagon's media managers, and has produced a template from which America hopes to present its future wars. But the American media tactics, culminating in the Lynch episode, infuriated the British, who were supposed to be working alongside them in Doha, Qatar.
Her role was to engage with the local population in one of the most hostile districts of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Her objective was to be invited into the homes of local Afghans and meet and talk to the women of the household, widely thought to be responsible for their children's education and the health of the family. But when I was invited inside a home I was always welcomed by Afghan women. It was a privilege to speak to them in their own language and experience their culture. This was her second time in the country. Deployed within the Upper Gereshk Valley Anna had the task of engaging with the local population in one of the most hostile districts of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Anna's aim was to interact with both male members of the local communities and the female population that is off limits to male soldiers. They lack education, freedom and therefore equality with their male counterparts. Only the bravest women dare to challenge this way of life and risk their lives to make the female voice heard.